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  • #340734

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    It’s an interesting question – and one that instantly has Murray Walker’s excitable yells running through my head!

    I think “hyping up” for me is very subjective and entirely depends on whether I believe the excitement of the commentator. With Murray you could almost feel his joy through the television even when he wasn’t talking. Nothing was ever forced with Murray and he always spoke from his heart. Supported by Martin Brundle/James Hunt etc, this made for a great combination of excitement and information, none of which was insincere.

    Take Jonathan Legard, for example, who did a two year stint for the BBC. While knowledgeable, I just never believed that he enjoyed Formula One as much as me (and the rest of the F1Fanatic’s) and felt that he just saw it as a job. Personally I don’t totally mind Croft/Edwards and I think they do a good job, but for me they are both missing a little of Murray’s buzz. But maybe I’m biased as Murray was quite literally the sound of my childhood.

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    @xtwl – personally I’m less bothered about who wins the title than that we get a good fight for it; whether that’s between team-mates or a multitude of teams battling it out.

    I’d gladly see Vettel and Ferrari win the title as long as they were fought hard for it every step of the way! I don’t want to go into each weekend knowing that unless something remarkable happens, Hamilton will be the victor.

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    I’ll start the ball rolling with ‘drivers to win their home GP multiple times’?

    #335192

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    @davidnotcoulthard – they all recorded the Fastest Lap whilst winning their first Grand Prix?

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    @jackysteeg – very good! Over to you!

    #334977

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    @hunocsi – Nice one!

    Try this:

    Rubens Barrichello
    Gerhard Berger
    Mark Webber
    Keke Rosberg

    #334968

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    The only drivers to win Le Mans and a Formula One Grand Prix in the same year?

    #334656

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    @keithcollantine – works for me. I am well and truly stumped on this one… I wouldn’t like to admit how long I’ve spent on Pedro Diniz’s Wikipedia entry the last few days! … should probably get some work done!

    #334573

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    They’ve all had a previous World Champion as team-mate at some stage?
    Hill (Prost/Senna/Mansell)
    Alonso (Villeneuve/Raikkonen/Button)
    Ricciardo (Vettel)
    Diniz (Hill)

    Again… I imagine that’s too straight forward, so I’ll do some more digging and try again!

    #334533

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    I’ll start the ball rolling with:
    1) All teams who have won the WCC
    2) All teams who have had Jenson Button as a driver

    I don’t expect either of those are correct – so I’ll add a smidge more detail to one guess!

    Teams who have had a driver leave the team immediately after winning the championship?
    Button – Brawn – 09
    Hill – Williams – 96
    Alonso – Renault – 06
    Prost – McLaren – 89

    Enjoying this game!

    #334490

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    @hunocsi – this is probably quite a stretch, but are they all Grand Prix where the Constructors Championship has been decided only once?

    Malaysian GP – 2000 – Ferrari
    Hungarian GP – 2004 – Ferrari
    Indian GP – 2013 – Red Bull
    Portuguese GP – 1993 – Williams

    To be honest, I didn’t check all the other years for Portugal and Hungary, so this may well be wrong!

    #334479

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    I’ve been thinking/searching for ages for something more detailed than @theawesomefish came up with… but I reckon he’s right!

    #334475

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    @jackysteeg – That’s right, they’ve all scored points for more than one team in a single season.

    Andrea de Cesaris – Sauber/Jordan 1994
    Jean Alesi – Prost/Jordan 2001
    Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull/Toro Rosso 2016
    Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso/Red Bull 2016

    Of course there are more examples of this in the earlier years of F1, but surprisingly few in the last 20/30 years (including Sebastian Vettel). Would be interested to know if anyone found any more!

    Looking forward to the next question :-)

    #334468

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    Incidentally, Sebastian Vettel could also join this club…

    #334467

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    @theawesomefish – apologies, I wasn’t clear… there’s an additional detail that stops Frentzen joining under the criteria I am looking for, not your ‘most recent season’ guess.

    It’s not as tenuous as your latest guess either :-)

    So to confirm – you’re on the right track with swapping teams mid-season… I’ll give you a clue: look at the results for each driver in those seasons.

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